René Richard (1895 - 1982)
Trapper's dog, c. 1950-1955
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
Oil on panel
25,4 cm x 30,5 cm / 10'' x 12''
Signed lower left
Rene Richard painting of a trapper dog in forest in winter.
A former trapper and frequent traveler, René Richard traveled extensively to northern and western Canada from 1912 to 1940. In order to travel efficiently in the winter, Richard used sled dogs frequently. The artwork Trapper’s Dog was produced in the early 1950s at a time when the former trapper finally settled permanently in Baie-Saint-Paul and devoted himself entirely to his career as an artist. He draws incessantly his memories of the North to make his compositions. In this artwork, the dog hitched to the sled is ready for the imminent departure. The artist pays particular attention to the posture and fur of the animal. This reflects the deep respect maintained for it ability to withstand the most demanding territorial constraints.
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